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Public Administration

Are you a busy, public professional?  Interested in improving your leadership abilities? Looking to better understand human resources, budgets, and finance? Improve your performance and career opportunities with a Master's in Public Administration!

Why a Master's in Public Administration? A degree or classes in public administration develops the skills and techniques required by public leaders and managers. The Master's of Public Administration degree at UAS is perfect for working professionals that seek training to improve their work performance and advance in their career. E-Learning classes are offered online in the evening to better fit the working student's schedule.


Students with their Master of Public Administration degree work in varied public sector departments and fields.  You’ll find our graduates working across Alaska as school principals, state troopers, public radio program directors, city managers, and executive directors.

Want to learn more? Check out our programs and classes below, request more information, or even apply for admission today!

Public Administration Program Sheet



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Master's of Public Administration

Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Candidates for the Master of Public Administration degree must satisfy all University graduate degree requirements in this catalog as well as the specific program requirements in this section. A minimum of 36 approved credits is required for the degree, in addition to evidence of practical experience in public or nonprofit administration.

In order to permit students to pursue individual interests, a limited substitution of required courses is possible. Course substitutions must be approved by the student's advisor and the program dean. The student's approved program of study is reflected in the Application for Advancement to Candidacy.

Minimum Credit Hours36
Major Requirements24
PADMS601Introduction to Public Administration3
PADMS604Research Methods in Administration3
PADMS610Organization Theory and Behavior3
PADMS618Law for Public Managers3
PADMS625Economics and Public Policy3
PADMS628Public Financial Management3
PADMS624Human Resources Administration3
PADMS688Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement3
PADMS690Public Administration Capstone*3
______Advisor-approved electives9

*To qualify for graduation from the M.P.A. program, students must complete the Capstone course with a grade of B or higher.

Master of Public Administration Concentrations
M.P.A. students have the option to use their electives to establish a concentration in Natural Resource Policy or Rural Development.
Concentration in Rural Development
The Rural Development concentration has a special focus on needs of indigenous and other rural communities, including management of tribal governments, community organizations, and indigenous-controlled profit and non-profit corporations. Coursework for this concentration is offered by e-Learning technologies through the Rural Development program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Concentration Requirements9
RDF601Political Economy of the Circumpolar North3
RDF651Management Strategies for Rural Development3
______Advisor-approved course*3
*To be selected in consultation with the UAF Rural Development Advisor and MPA Program Director.
Concentration in Natural Resource Policy
The Natural Resource Policy concentration addresses the need and strong demand for professional management training in Alaskan natural resources and environmental management issues. Alaska with it abundance of natural resources and concomitant management issues are uniquely Alaskan as addressed in the State Constitution need unique management solutions which this concentration provides. This program also supports and builds upon UAS’s strong undergraduate natural science and in particular the Environmental Studies program.
Concentration Requirements9
Select three from the following (9 credits):
PADMS635Natural Resource Policy3
PADMS637Local and Global Sustainability3
PADMS638Sustainable Energy and Environment3
PADMS639Adaptive Management3
___S___Advisor-approved course3

UAS is an open enrollment institution, this means that you do not have to be in a UAS degree program to take a class. Anyone can take our classes as long as they meet the course pre-requisites.

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PADM Classes: Fall - 2014


Introduction to the field of public administration, dealing with the scope, nature, history, current context, and basic tools in the study of public administration. Topics include the social, economic, and political environments of public administration, bureaucratic politics, power and authority, law, ethics, basic models, and comparative administration. This gateway course for the MPA program provides an introduction to graduate studies, library research skills, and a focus on written and oral communication skills.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79605JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered Students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Introduces basic quantitative and qualitative methods of social science research as applied to policy and administrative problems. Addresses research design, data collection and analysis methods, interpretation and evaluation of published research.

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79607JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered Students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80947JD2Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered Students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Presents organization theory and builds practical management skills. Develops a working understanding of how organizational structure and environment relate to the success of an organization, and improves skills critical to leading, managing, and working in an organization, including leadership, individual and group decision-making, personal and group communication, motivation and fostering creativity, and conflict resolution.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79608JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered Students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible to order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials prior to class. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79609JD2James Powell
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered Students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials prior to class. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Examines economics both as a determinant of public policy and as a tool of public administration. Topics include how markets allocate resources, the role of government in a market economy, market failures and responses, problems of efficiency vs. equity, and application of microeconomic tools to analysis of Alaska and national policy issues.

Prerequisite: Microeconomics or macroeconomics course within the past 5 years, or passing score on a UAS PADM economics test.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79610JD1Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80833JD2Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Monday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
81398JD3Lindsey Doctorman
DISTELIVE
Wednesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students must order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information or permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Fundamentals and framework for sustainability decision making related to institutional and natural resource and management issues. Using an integrated approach, the nexus of environmental, economic, social and public policy and technology will be examined using sustainability concepts and resilience theory and practice. Readings, case studies and class discussion will focus on effective sustainability management and practice. Case studies of community, national and international scale will be used to illustrate concepts drawn from Alaska, Canada, the U.S., Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia.

Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing, or admission to the MPA program.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80444JD1James Powell
DISTELIVE
Tuesday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program or by permission. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

The main objective of the course is for students to acquire an understanding of the sources of administrative law and fundamental administrative law principles.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
80949JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTELIVE
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Introduction to contemporary higher education through application and understanding of student development theory and campus environments. Includes the foundational history of American higher education as relevant to contemporary administration, students, curricula, and policy.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
81566JD2Eric Scott
DISTELIVE
Thursday
6:00p - 8:45p
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via web meetings. Requires access to a computer with Internet and e-mail, and microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order textbooks at least one week prior to the first class. For more information and permission to enroll, call (907) 796-6402 or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

Final course in the MPA curriculum. Students review, synthesize and apply concepts and methods learned during the degree program to the evaluation of a public or nonprofit organization. Intended as a program review and assessment tool.

Prerequisite: Completion of all other MPA requirements.

CRNSECTIONINSTRUCTORMEETS
79612JD1Kathlene Dilorenzo
DISTWEB
9/2 - 12/13

Prerequisite: Restricted to students admitted to the MPA program and department approval required to register. Course meets online via Elluminate. Requires access to a computer with Internet, e-mail, microphone and speakers (or earphones). Registered students must access UAS-Online at uas.alaska.edu/online for textbook, Elluminate, and course information and to edit their personal profile. Order books from MBS at direct.mbsbooks.com/ualaska.htm or call 1-800-325-3252. Students are responsible for ordering textbooks at least one week prior to the first class to ensure timely receipt of materials. For more information and permission to enroll call (907) 796-6402 in Juneau, or 1-800-478-9069 toll-free.

Tuition and fees: $1245 (additional charges may apply)

 
 

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